Lesson 3: Edward Hopper: Table for Ladies

Creating role-plays to view the work from another perspective; helping understand the story of the painting.

Learning objective

  • To develop an understanding of art through role-play

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Learn about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Could be grouped with more confident members of the class to help them develop their own ideas about the painting.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should observe small details to add depth to their suggested narrative.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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